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  • Hundreds of high schoolers expected for Law Day at Superior Court

    Apr 24, 2019 | Read More News
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    High school students from across Pima County will join the Superior Court and the Pima County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division for presentations and a court visit in celebration of Law Day. 

    More than 250 students are expected to attend the April 29 event. Local attorney John C. Richardson, a shareholder in the Tucson office of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin and Lacy, P.C., will be the keynote speaker taking on the topic “Student Speech and the First Amendment.”law day
     
    Richardson’s talk correlates with this year’s Law Day topic, Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.  The theme addresses two quintessential protections of the First Amendment: freedom of speech and freedom of the press, both essential to the core of a democratic people.  Yet historic and contemporary disputes over these freedoms demand our society and its judiciary continue to consider the fundamental assumptions, constraints and boundaries as to these autonomies.
     
    Students will gather in the Pima County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room for a welcome from Presiding Judge Kyle A. Bryson, and Court Administrator, Ronald Overholt. Discussions and an interactive presentation regarding U.S. Supreme Court cases addressing the First Amendment’s application in schools will then be directed by Superior Court Judge D. Douglas Metcalf.

    Following the presentation, the students will move to Superior Court to observe hearings or talk with a judge and conclude their visit by enjoying lunch in the Court’s jury assembly room.
     
    Law Day is an annual nationwide event, designated by the U.S. Congress in 1961. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of law and the legal process and the significant impact these have on our lives. Courts, Bar Associations, government officials, and educators across America participate in Law Day activities on or around the week preceding May 1 and during the month of May every year.